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1) Experience T4T in Spain this Summer

T4TYou have read about the T4T model of Church Planting Movements in Mission Frontiers and here in Brigada. Come to Spain this summer for a mentored experience among North African immigrants. This will not only bless the nations you’ll be working among, it will give you the skills and experience to lead others in developing a Church Planting Movement in your own context. Two sessions are available: June 23 to July 2nd, and/or July 24 to Aug 2nd. The agenda is outlined here:

http://gemission.org/serve/madrid-spain-short-term-mission-trip

For more information, contact Robby
RobbydotButlerattheMissionNetworkdotorg

If you’re interested, better respond by April 16th. This trip will fill fast.

10) The Backpage: How’s Your Summer Internship Count?


Some might find it interesting to be able to compare their summer internship count with their peer agencies. It’s a sluggish economy in several sending countries. Perhaps your agency is feeling the brunt of a downturn, … perhaps not. We won’t know for sure until we share. The cool part about this Brigada lense is that you can share anonymously, without giving up your exact name. Just do us a favor and describe your agency in general terms. For example, “We’re a large agency — with somewhere between 500 and 1000 full-timers — and our summer internship program generally attracts 100 applications. 75 usually make it through all the filters.” … and so on. Be as precise as you can without breaking any confidences that you’d just as soon not reveal.

Naturally, it’s not all about numbers. And sometimes the numbers reveal things too subtle to show up in board meeting reports. Now you can learn them here, in Brigada. And the bigger, more important question will be — if there are trends, why are they happening? In other words, if numbers are down, is it due to the economic slow-down? Or… is today’s younger generation less likely to commit for a summer ’til they’ve been there for a week? Those are the questions we’ll want to banter around, once we’ve identified trends.

So, please ask your fellow-mission staffers to chime in, especially the recruiters and summer short-term coordinators…. We’ll look forward to them joining us. Let’s get the count, then figure out whether that represents a down-turn, or an equal footing, or an up-sweep. Thanks for taking time to tell your story. Let’s do this! :-)

To read and/or comment on this item on the web, just browse to….
http://www.brigada.org/2009/01/9_25.html

LEARN MISSIONS AT HILLSIDE

Hillside Missions, an international missions organization based in Connecticut, is currently accepting applications for an internship program. The program is designed for individuals from 18-30 years of age. The internship ranges from 3-9 months. There is an optional 3 month ´externship´ for those who complete the 9 month program. As an intern, you´ll get the chance to not only observe but participate in missions on a daily, practical level. Part of the internship includes learning and active involvement in missions team training, traveling on short term trips to minister to unreached peoples, and studying the role of the church, Islam, and ESL. For more information about what life as an intern at Hillside looks like, check out

http://www.reachthenations.org

or call the U.S office at (860) 582-7700.

20021222 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. EUROTRAIN: INNOVATIVE YOUNG LEADER TRAINING
  2. MICROFINANCE AS MISSION IN THAILAND
  3. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  4. HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS?
  5. SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE
  6. SEARCH IN OTHER LANGUAGES
  7. YOUR SOURCE FOR BIBLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES
  8. ANOTHER IDEA TO KEEP YOUR PC VIRUS-FREE
  9. URGENTLY NEEDED – EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE MISSION
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. EUROTRAIN: INNOVATIVE YOUNG LEADER TRAINING — Top Flight Leadership is taking nominations for EuroTrain 2003. EuroTrain (for leaders age 15-25) is a completely unique experience, and an answer to the new paradigms needed to develop new generations of leaders. In July 2003, EuroTrain groups will travel through five nations in Europe learning leadership, developing ministry skills, getting a grasp of their destiny, building key relationships, and creating a plan for long-term personal and leadership growth. Get the details and nominate a young leader (or request to be nominated) at http://www.experiencingleadership.com or contact Top Flight Leadership at <eurotrainattopflightdotorg>, 877-9-LEADER, or 817-447-1100. </eurotrainattopflightdotorg>

  2. MICROFINANCE AS MISSION IN THAILAND — Step Ahead Microenterprise Development in Bangkok goes to the market everyday, in the love of God. They’re seeking to amalgamate microenterprise development, and mentoring, with personal and business development training in an integrated service among the poor of Thailand. They serve in the slums of Bangkok daily, to empower and love those who make their living doing everything from sewing dresses, and roasting chicken, to making noodle soup. Step Ahead’s innovative member training module, draws from Stephen Covey’s best-seller, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and explores the life of Joseph as a model of proactivity. This unorthodox ministry approach accepts the slum-dwelling poor as business partners, and sets out to help them achieve comprehensive transformation in their lives, families, and communities. To learn more, check out the web site. http://www.stepaheadmed.org

  3. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college- aged youth, June 2 – July 26, 2003. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost, $2,000 US, includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information and to apply, please check them out online at http://www.acts13.tv .

  4. HOW DO YOU WIRE YOUR FUNDS? — International Christian Ministries works in a number of countries in Africa but needs to know the safest and cheapest way to get money to countries like Nigeria on a regular basis. Pay Pal does not work there! Got ideas? Send them to Greg <kenya96ataoldotcom> or call him at 661-832-9740 in the USA. He’ll prepare a summary report of all the possibilities for a future issue of Brigada Today. </kenya96ataoldotcom>

  5. SHORT-TERM INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE — Usually short-term insurance excludes coverage for pre-existing conditions. Now a company is providing limited pre-ex coverage for medical care received outside the USA and Canada. Also included: $100,000 medical evacuation, hospital room and board, intensive care, outpatient medical, emergency dental, trip interruption, AD&D, and lost luggage coverage. Five deductible options. One can apply (and also renew monthly) via web at http://www.overseashealthinsurance.com . For information contact: jeffatgninsurancedotcom or call 480/813-9100; Toll free in USA: 866/636- 9100. For other options and more info., also http://www.gninsurance.com.

  6. SEARCH IN OTHER LANGUAGES — Did you ever notice that Google searches in other languages? Just click on ‘Advanced Search’ and select a language from the pull-down window on the ‘Language’ line reading ‘Return pages written in’ (Also, selecting ‘Language Tools’ instead of Advanced Search allows you to limit the pages returned to those located in a specified country. (Thanks for the reminder, Chuck!)

  7. YOUR SOURCE FOR BIBLES IN OTHER LANGUAGES — If you ever find yourself searching for Bibles or Jesus videos in another language, check out Multi-Language Media Inc, PO Box 301, Ephrata PA 17522 (tel. 717-738-0582). Visit their website at: http://www.multilanguage.com .

  8. ANOTHER IDEA TO KEEP YOUR PC VIRUS-FREE — I sure heard it this past week. A ton of MAC users wrote to say, “Hey… we *never* see any viruses.” :-) (See item #8, “SIMPLE SECURITY STEPS”, from the Dec. 6th Brigada Today.) By the way, if you’re a missionary having trouble finding parts for your MAC, try http://www.ibookparts.com They support all Apple laptops, and do pretty steep discounting for missionaries needing support. What’s more, they ship worldwide, and can supply parts (such as LCD’s, Hard drives, and CDROM/CDRW drives) for most laptops.

  9. URGENTLY NEEDED – EXAMPLES OF INNOVATIVE MISSION — Seedbed is a network of missionaries and missiologists who are actively promoting and nurturing the development on new models of mission for the 21st Century. They are very keen to make contact with people of all nationalities who are attempting innovative missionary projects so as to locate examples of effective innovation that can be held up as models for other mission workers who are looking for creative ideas. They also want to locate mission theorists who are researching emerging models of mission. If you are involved in innovative mission, or are doing research in a related field, please contact Seedbed at http://www.seedbed.info or email the Seedbed Coordinator Peter Stephenson <peteratseedbeddotinfo> </peteratseedbeddotinfo>

20021027 Brigada Today

In this issue…

  1. CONGRATS TO GMI FOR WINNING THE CROWELL
  2. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
  3. SEEKING ANTI-ABORTION MATERIAL IN SPANISH
  4. MISSIONARY TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES
  5. GRC E-MAIL LISTSERVICES
  6. EAST AFRICAN PROJECT SEMINARS
  7. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED
  8. AU SABLE INSTITUTE TRAINS MISSIONARIES/WORKERS
  9. SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITIES FOR POLICE/FIREFIGHTERS
  10. CLOSING STUFF

  1. CONGRATS TO GMI FOR WINNING THE CROWELL — Congratulations to Global Mapping International (GMI) for winning the Henry Parsons Crowell Award, a special honor established to recognize the significant contributions of the entrepreneurial founder of The Quaker Oats Company as well as to encourage others to follow his example. During the 40 years he served as chairman of the board of Moody Bible Institute, he consistently gave 65% of his income to Christian ministry. (More information about The Crowell Trust can be found at http://www.crowellfoundation.org .) GMI serves as distributor of Operation World on CD, as well as The World of Islam, with a combined circulation of 23,000 copies. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, GMI uses research and technology to create resources that fuel emerging mission movements and leaders. Founded in 1983, GMI focuses on serving evangelical mission leaders in the developing world. Learn more about GMI at http://www.gmi.org. Congratulations GMI!!!

  2. MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college- aged youth, June 2 – July 26, 2003. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost, $2,000 US, includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information and to apply, check it out at http://www.acts13.tv .

  3. SEEKING ANTI-ABORTION MATERIAL IN SPANISH — Becky Porter is in the process of compiling a list of anti-abortion related ministries in Latin America or ministries in English which also have Spanish material. Please send any information you might have to <eldondotporteratsimdotorg> . Becky will be happy to share the results with others who are interested. </eldondotporteratsimdotorg>

  4. MISSIONARY TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES — Christian Academy of Guatemala is a day school for missionary kids grades K-12. CAG is in need of several faculty/staff members for Elementary, Middle School and High School levels. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunities, write <cagrecruitatchristacadguatedotorg> or visit their website http://www.christacadguate.org </cagrecruitatchristacadguatedotorg>
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  6. GRC E-MAIL LISTSERVICES — Do you or your organization have the need to keep in touch with home fellowships, missions supporters, send newsletters, weekly bulletins, or prayer letters? GRC is currently serving as the hosting “listserver” to over 300 organizations ranging from local churches to large para-church organizations. You can send HTML content, or plain text messages. Prices start at $5.75 per month (plus bandwidth). Learn more at http://www.grcomputing.net/products.html#XCListserver

  7. EAST AFRICAN PROJECT SEMINARS — Unlimited Strategy Evangelism (USE) will conduct a second installment of seminars for pastors and church leaders at the following locations and time: Nakuru, Kenya Feb. 23 – 28, 2003 and Bungoma, Kenya Mar. 2 – 6, 2003. For further information, contact <gkaye2001atyahoodotcom> or <aranyasataoldotcom> . Check out USE at http://www.hometown.aol.com/aranyas/USE2.html . </aranyasataoldotcom></gkaye2001atyahoodotcom>

  8. TESOL TRAINING WITH PRACTICUM AMONG THE UNREACHED -– This course will be taught in a southern city in the Philippines. It is a five week intensive TESOL course taught by American instructors and includes a teaching practicum among students of an unreached people group in the vicinity. The course dates are April 7th – May 9th, 2003. The cost is only $500 US dollars, this includes board, lodging, several books, and curriculum. The cost for Philippine citizens living in country is P15,000 pesos. The course combines the academic with the practical. For more information write to Melody at <kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>. Box 1415 QCCPO, Quezon City 1154, Philippines. 632-658-3807. </kzkukaatjmfdotorgdotph>

  9. AU SABLE INSTITUTE TRAINS MISSIONARIES/WORKERS — Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies under Cal DeWitt started the Christian Environmental Stewardship movement and now has a network of 59 participating Christian colleges throughout North America. They are now designing courses particularly for agricultural and development workers such as ‘Tropical Agriculture and Missions’, ‘Ecological Agriculture’ and ‘Global Development and Sustainability’. Courses are offered in January (12/31-1/20); May (5/14-6/3); and in two summer terms(6/5-7/9 & 7/17-8/16). You can take them at three North American sites (Michigan, Washington, Florida) and two overseas locations (India & Kenya), and you can get credit through any of the 59 participating colleges. See http://www.ausable.org or call 1-800-315-2836 (North America) or +1- 231-587-8686 or write to <missioncoursesatausabledotorg>. </missioncoursesatausabledotorg>

  10. SHORT-TERM OPPORTUNITIES FOR POLICE/FIREFIGHTERS — Mission Mobilization International has short term and career opportunities for Police Officers and Firefighters whether active or retired. They have been reaching out to police officers in Latin America and the Caribbean for the past 7 years. Over 17,000 police officers have heard the gospel and over 7,000 have made decisions for Christ. They are involved in a partnership with Focus on the Family to distribute resources to those they minister to in other countries. They are having their first outreach to Firefighters in Guatemala in February 2003. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting ministry or would like to have an outreach to the police or firefighters in your country please let them know. You can write Randy at <missionmiathotmaildotcom> or contact them at 719-761-6258 or write to MMI PO Box 77165 Colorado Springs, CO 80970. </missionmiathotmaildotcom>

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20020203 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) RAISE MORE MONEY FOR MINISTRY IN HALF THE TIME!
2) CATCH ALL THE LATEST INFO ON DISTANCE LEARNING
3) IN FACT, ALL BRIGADA AUTORESPONDERS ARE AUTORESPONDING AGAIN!
4) PDA TO PRAY
5) 4th TIE CONGRESS
6) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
7) CHURCH PLANTING MATERIALS NEEDED
8) REACHING THE UNREACHED WITH THE GOSPEL
9) GREAT FREE BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE
10) WEB-WATCH: REACH THE NATIONS
11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) RAISE MORE MONEY FOR MINISTRY IN HALF THE TIME! — Move beyond the fear factor and raise more funds in half the time. The People Raising Coaches Clinic shows you how. Implement 10-key habits for success. Network with other Christian leaders responsible for coaching their staff in support raising. Arm yourself with the tools for success. If you are searching for funds and personal support, you can’t afford to miss this breakthrough 2-day conference! For more information or to register on-line go to

http://www.PeopleRaising.com/conf_info.cfm or e-mail <billatpeopleraisingdotcom>.

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2) CATCH ALL THE LATEST INFO ON DISTANCE LEARNING — Just send a note to: distance-learningatbrigadadotorg and a 26K file will be emailed to your doorstep. Thanks to Justin for keeping his word! He’s prepared this material in answer to the Dec. 14th request, “Suppose you had a new recruit, eager to study, but kind of at a beginner level. Where could such a person receive training for evangelism, discipleship, and church-planting . . .especially via distance-learning curriculum (web- based preferred). Does it exist?” Thanks Justin!

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3) IN FACT, ALL BRIGADA AUTORESPONDERS ARE AUTORESPONDING AGAIN! — Okay… so it’s been a couple of months… but honest… I wasn’t just sitting around goofing off. :-) Tonight I finally got down to it and figured out how to activate all our autoresponders again. So now you can order up any of the following files by simply clicking on it then, if your email client is configured correctly, just hit “send” and the associated file will be emailed back to your inbox. For example, to get a copy of “9-11-tracts”, send an email to this address (click on the address):

9-11-tractsatbrigadadotorg

Here are the some of the files we currently have in the autoresponder library (click on the file name to send an email that’ll automatically retrieve the file):
blind-resources (24K — to help you reach the blind)
brigada-submissions (3K — how to submit items for publication)
children (81K — how to best help the children of the world)
christmas-greetings (5K — Merry Christmas in over 100 languages)
conflict-resolution (27K — how to manage conflict, make peace)
cults-resources (46K — to learn about cults)
deafministry (5K — to help those who cannot hear)
distance-learning (26K — learning resources for new recruits)
email_traveling_tips (14K — travel and stay connected)
evaluating-missions (22K — accountability and missions)
file-list (3K — this file list)
family-missions (6K — resources for helping families in missions)
free-online (18K — free or nearly free Internet services)
housechurches (17 — how to start them)
indigenousmusic (5K — resources to help best bring it about)
brigada-info (2K — this file list, and instructions on how to use it)
interpersonal-skills (3K — learn them!)
jesus-films (3K — info. on how to apply for free copies of Jesus Film)
kosovoresources (43K — resources on how to help Kosovar Albanians)
leadership (7K — resources to learn how to do it)
missionary-care (5K — resources for those pastoring missionaries)
muslim-outreach (58K — understanding how to share hope with them)
muslim-training (15K — where can you receive live training)
opc (3K — read this before sending any forwarded emails!)
packing (36K — the best cartons, routes, routines, etc.)
puppets (70K — how to start a ministry with them)
satphones (7K — resources and tips)
stripreturns (3K — macro for Microsoft Word; removes carriage returns)
tentmaking (2K — links to learn more about it)
teaching-missions-to-kids (99K — Resources for mobilizing children)
tesl (13K — programs to learn how to do it)
tesl_resources (41K — curriculum, guides and other helps)
top20upgs (11K — 20 high priority unreached groups as of early 1999)
transition (12K — transfer your mailing list from xc.org to yahoogroups)
travel (19K — saving money on airfare for international travel)
turkish-resources (11K — Turkish Christian resource directory)
unreached-directory (149K — ministries who provide info on unreached)
untargeted (12K — the least targeted groups as of Aug. 1999)
videos-english (145K — Great Christian videos/sources in English)
videos-spanish (61K — Great Christian videos/sources in Spanish)

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4) PDA TO PRAY — Does anyone know of a PDA (Palm Pilot, Pocket PC… a hand held computer) program which helps a person pray for unreached people groups? YWAM publishes a yearly calendar prayer journal that lists unreached people groups to pray for on a daily basis. If you are aware of a way to keep track of and pray for unreached people groups on one’s hand-held computer, please email the information to Wayne at <wdecostaatfoursquaredotorg>. We’ll ask Wayne to let us know how his study comes out. (Okay Wayne?)

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5) 4th TIE CONGRESS — This one has the theme of “A New Workforce for Mission” a program of active tentmakers will cover the following subjects: Christian Witness without Confrontation, Tentmaking Among Muslims, Tentmaking Among the Chinese, Tentmaking Among Hindus, Tentmaking Through Relief and Development, and The Future of Tentmaking. The Congress starts at 2pm on 20 May and ends up at noon on 24 May. For further information contact: <tieatgatidotwadotcom> or <mijohnnyatyahoodotcom>. Yes, the supporting members of TIE receive a discount on the registration fee.

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6) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college-aged youth. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. 2002 dates are June 3 – July 28 and the cost is $2,000 US. Cost includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information, please visit their website at

http://www.acts13.tv or write <>.

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7) CHURCH PLANTING MATERIALS NEEDED — The Barnabas Ministry in Poland is looking for materials that would help them launch a national church planting movement. Do you know of any web sites, ministries or resources on the practical aspects of starting a new church? Please share it with them and us! What they want is the experienced planters sharing the details of how to give vision, train, send, start, oversee and support financially new plants. They will be organizing seminars and will also need experienced speakers to teach and answer tough questions. Also they can arrange short or long term mission trips with the goal of establishing new churches. If you can help, send Jerry an e-mail at <jerryatbarnabadotanddotpl>.

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8) REACHING THE UNREACHED WITH THE GOSPEL — The world is changing fast. New technologies and new mindsets require different and creative means to reach the unreached. In Youth With A Mission, a new kind of missionary is taking advantage of these trends. Strategy Coordinators. Study at the Y.W.A.M. Frontier Missions: Strategy Coordinators Short Course 2002, Monday 10th June To Friday 12th July 2002 in Nakuru, Kenya. For more information/application form, contact: <bsloanatovaldotcom> Tel. + 44 1582 463629 Fax+ 44 1582 463305.

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9) GREAT FREE BIBLE STUDY SOFTWARE — This tool has 34 Bibles (13 in languages other than English – including Hebrew and Greek), 7 commentaries, 9 dictionaries, Atlas, charts, and 18 other books helpful for the study of God’s word. All for free! The program is a hefty download at almost 20 megs, but with a gift of $15 or more you can get all the resources currently available on CD. One useful feature is the KJV+ version: put your mouse over Strong’s number (superscripted after each word) and the Greek or Hebrew word appears with its definition as a tooltip! Go to

http://www.e-sword.net

or write Rick Meyers at Equipping Ministries Foundation, 5902 Parham Road, Franklin, TN, 37064.

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10) WEB-WATCH: REACH THE NATIONS — The site,
http://www.reachthenations.org became officially active as of 2/3/02. This site contains missions resources, research related material, contact information, internship opportunity information, and a photo gallery of portraits of unreached people groups (photos are not to be used without permission). The group is currently in the process of choosing a publisher for its catalog of artistic photographs of tribal groups. Reports will be published on the site as the network of investigators compiles research information regarding specific unreached people groups. This site is expected to be a hub for ethnologic information as it relates to missions. This organizations approach to “network investigation” and information sharing is helping to fill a need for practical and academic information in support of reaching the unreached for Christ. Applications for the NCMO internship program are currently being accepted. The director of New Covenant Missions Organization can be contacted for comments at (860) 250-4792.</bsloanatovaldotcom></jerryatbarnabadotanddotpl></mijohnnyatyahoodotcom></tieatgatidotwadotcom></wdecostaatfoursquaredotorg></billatpeopleraisingdotcom>

20011028 Brigada Today

In this issue…

1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES

2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE

3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA.

4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS

5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS

6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS

7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN

8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT

9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL

11) CLOSING STUFF

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1) GREAT BOOK OFFER TO SEE MISSION PROGRAM CASE STUDIES — The author of “Today’s All-Star Mission Churches”/Strategies To Help Your Church get Into the Game, would like to offer his book to all Brigada subscribers for $7.50 postage paid (sorry… USA only). Just mail a check payable to UWM to Tom Telford, PO Box 50400, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579. I just passed along a copy of this to our church mobilization group in Team Expansion and I’ll have to admit, it’s chocked *full* of ideas. There’s enough in there to keep your church (or your mobilization team) busy for months to come… and help you become more proactive all at the same time. (Those outside the USA might consider asking a friend in the US to order the book then relay it overseas.) Thanks much Tom!!!

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2) LOVE THE NEW MARC PUBLICATION SITE — Have you visited:

http://www.marcpublications.com/

lately??? Whew! What a re-make. And they’re now shipping free to all USA addresses (reasonable rates to those outside the USA too). Plus you can get past MARC newsletters and search big-time through everything on their site. So if you need a book or publication about relief and development… or anything else in categories from “Anthropology” to “Women” (that’s *almost* A to Z :-) ) give it a try.

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3) TESOL COURSE SCHEDULED IN LEBANON, PA. — If you’re quick on your heels and/or if you’re desperate for TESL training, it’s not too late to get in on TESOL at YWAM, Lebanon (Pennsylvania). They’re offering another TESOL course beginning November 26 and ending December 21, 2001. For information contact YWAM 717-274-90910 or e-mail <davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>. </davidbbaumanatcsdotcom>

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4) GIVING CHILDREN A HEART FOR MISSIONS — Designed specifically to appeal to children, parents, and educators, the new book, “Window On The World”, is an in-depth look at countries, cultures and people-groups around the world. It’s got great pictures… and would work well as a devotional guide. Order at your nearest Christian bookstore or through Bethany House Publishers by calling 1-800-328-6109 or e-mailing <csatbethanyhousedotcom>. </csatbethanyhousedotcom>

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5) FROM WALL STREET TO THE WORLD: A BOOK ABOUT PIONEERS — Ralph Winter has written, “The most powerful and significant story of mission is not that of one who becomes a missionary,” writes Ralph Winter, founder of the U. S. Center for World Mission, “but of someone who founds a new structure for mission that throws almost a thousand missionaries into the most needy corners of the earth. That is not common at all. We want reasons…” Now, Pioneers founder Ted Fletcher will give you reasons. His new book, When God Comes Calling, can be ordered by calling 407-382-6000 or by sending $7.95 plus shipping and handling to PIONEERS, 12343 Narcoossee Road, Orlando, FL 32827 USA. U.S. shipping is $2/book, but please contact PIONEERS at <infoatpioneersdotorg> for international shipping rates. </infoatpioneersdotorg>

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6) LEARN ABOUT NOMADS — The third Nomads Consultation will be held January 7-11, 2002, in Pasadena, California, co-sponsored by Institute for Nomadic Ministry of the U.S. Center for World Missions, The International Journal for Frontier Mission, and Interdev. This event seeks to look at strategies, networking and a whole lot more. For more information and registration, go to: http://uscwm.org/thegathering or contact Malcolm <nomadatsierrateldotcom> or Brian <brianoconnellatxcdotorg>. </brianoconnellatxcdotorg></nomadatsierrateldotcom>

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7) PLIGHT OF AFGHAN WOMEN — With all the recent events in Afghanistan, there’s a lot of interest in how to help the *people* there. Here’s a tangible way to learn more. An NGO working with Afghan refugees recently produced a 12 minute video featuring the plight of Afghan women. Entitled, “Tears For Afghanistan”, this video was featured at the Global Conference for Women in Dallas recently, and is being made available to interested parties. If you would like to order a copy for your church or prayer group, or would like to make a gift of the video to someone you know who needs to get a better understanding of what women there are going through, you may email <afghanwomenataoldotcom> . The suggested donation for the video is $5.00 US, plus $2.00 US for postage in the US. It is available on VHS in NTSC and PAL. </afghanwomenataoldotcom>

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8) MORE ON CRISIS MANAGEMENT — Want to learn more on crisis management? Check out the 7 articles at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=642

and the 6 items on Security at:

http://www.strategicnetwork.org/index.asp?loc=kb&fto=643

Thanks Justin!

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9) MISSIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM — The Acts 13 Initiative in Manila, Philippines will host an eight-week missions experience for college-aged youth, June 3 – July 28, 2002. The experience will include intense participant discipleship and outreach opportunities. The cost is $2,000 US. Cost includes room, board, training materials, local transportation, and outreach costs. For more information, please email

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10) CONSIDERATIONS FOR HANDLING MAIL — Females have *always* wanted to know more about how to handle the mail. :-) Well now there’s hope. Fresh from the postal service in the USA, here are some helpful tips. We share them knowing full well that some will say we’re overreacting… because after all, only a *handful* of letters have been determined to have been contaminated with anthrax in recent days in the USA. But hey… some of this stuff is probably common sense for all of us… because it’s a new day. So maybe… it’s not a bad idea to at least take notice. For example, maybe we’re all going to have to start looking at the return address. If the letter is at all lopsided or lumpy in appearance, don’t be so quick to tear it open. Be suspicious. What else should make you suspicious?

*** It’s hand-addressed and has no return address or bears one that you can’t read

*** It’s sealed with excessive amounts of tape

*** It’s marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal” or “confidential”.

*** It has excessive postage.

Now I’m not suggesting we become paranoid… but postal workers are advising all of us… worldwide… to begin realizing that … hey… the mail *can* contain stuff that *shouldn’t* “go through.” So what do we do in those cases? Here are some precautions:

*** Don’t handle it if you suspect at all that it might be contaminated

*** Don’t shake it, bump it, or sniff it

*** Wash your hands thoroughly

*** Notify your local law enforcement authorities.

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